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President Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room on Dec. 16. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

The Washington Post and ABC released a poll Tuesday that found 49% of those surveyed said President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, and 71% think he should allow senior administration officials to testify in a likely Senate impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The poll shows that Americans — on the eve of the full House vote on impeachment articles — remain strongly divided on impeachment after weeks of public testimony and committee hearings.

The big picture: The survey also demonstrates that Americans want to hear from White House officials who have first-hand insights into the administration's decision to halt congressionally approved military aid for Ukraine.

  • Trump wants Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and other White House officials to stage a public defense of his dealing with Ukraine.

By the numbers: 49% of polled Americans said, regardless of impeachment, Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, while 39% stated Trump did not pressure Ukraine.

  • Among Democrats, 85% believe Trump should be impeached and removed, and 86% of Republicans say he should not, according to the Washington Post.
  • Independents are deeply split on impeachment, with 47% favoring it and 46% opposed.

Yes, but: Only 62% of those polled said they are closely following the impeachment developments.

Methodology:

This poll was conducted by telephone from Dec. 10-15 among a random national sample of 1,003 adults, 70% of whom were reached on cellphones and 30% on landlines. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

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Mark Meadows will stop cooperating with Jan. 6 panel, attorney says

Photo: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, his attorney told Fox News Tuesday.

Why it matters: Meadows, who failed to appear before the panel last month, is believed to have insight into former President Trump's role in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's election win.

Updated 3 hours ago - Economy & Business

The billionaire balloon

Data: World Inequality Report 2022; Chart: Axios Visuals

The super-rich are getting stupid rich: New data out today shows the share of global wealth held by the richest slice of humanity swelled by almost a full percentage point during the pandemic.

Driving the news: The top 0.01% of individuals now hold about 11% of the world's wealth, compared to just over 10% in 2020, according to the "World Inequality Report 2022," written by Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
3 hours ago - Health

Omicron gives a shot to boosters

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Data: CDC; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Vaccination rates have ticked higher since the discovery of the Omicron variant, CDC data shows.

By the numbers: The seven-day average for vaccinations in the U.S. reached about 1.8 million on Monday, up from an average of about 1.3 million a month ago.